Moving Forward: When?

Robin Brownlee
March 07 2014 09:22AM

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I understand GM Craig MacTavish can't just snap his fingers and conjure up the finished product he hopes his Edmonton Oilers will be when this rebuild is done and his team is actually contending for something other than a lottery pick again.

I certainly didn't expect it Wednesday at the trade deadline – it went pretty much as I expected it would as MacT rid himself of Ales Hemsky and Nick Schultz for draft picks after unloading Ilya Bryzgalov and acquiring Viktor Fasth – so I'm not disappointed he didn’t re-shape the team in a major way.

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Trade Deadline: Bold Will Wait

Robin Brownlee
March 03 2014 05:55PM

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Even with today's signing of Ben Scrivens to a two-year contract, it's understandable fans of the Edmonton Oilers want to see GM Craig MacTavish make a big bang – a "bold move," to borrow from MacT -- between now and the NHL trade deadline. I don’t see it happening.

Given what I know, what I've heard and what common sense suggests, it's far more likely MacTavish's strategy going into the deadline will be to free up roster spots and set the table for more substantial moves during the off-season by moving pending unrestricted free agents and spare parts.

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BACK AT IT: TRULY FEEBLE

Robin Brownlee
February 28 2014 12:07AM

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As much of a dumpster fire as this season has been for the Edmonton Oilers, there was at least a hint of anticipation as fans dutifully filed into Rexall Place to begin the stretch drive against the Minnesota Wild after three weeks off for the Olympic break. Should have known better.

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THE SPECULATION GAME

Robin Brownlee
February 24 2014 04:41PM

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I doubt Nashville GM David Poile has taken leave of his financial senses to a point where he'll put Shea Weber on the trade block now, but if he did, should Edmonton GM Craig MacTavish offer a package of players including Ryan Nugent-Hopkins or Taylor Hall to get in on the action?

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OFF THE TOP OF MY HEAD . . .

Robin Brownlee
February 13 2014 09:58PM

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I'm completely on board with the necessary checks and balances that come with a project like Rogers Place, but after rattling around the old barn since 1989, I was happy to give cynicism a rest this week when it was announced the $480-million guaranteed maximum price had been met and that shovels will go in the ground in March.

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